In February a committee was formed to discuss potential improvements to amenities here at Covered Bridge Estates. The Long-range Planning Committee brought forth several possible projects, some relatively inexpensive to implement and some which could be quite costly. The following list of possible improvements are broken into three categories: Sports-related, Beautification projects, and Large-scale Amenities. The following survey allows you to pick your top three in each category. You do not need to pick three of each; if you only care about one then only select one item, if you don’t want any of the items in a category then don’t pick any. You are allowed one vote per IP address.
The rescheduled Annual Members Meeting is April 21, 2021 as a Zoom meeting. This meeting was originally scheduled for March 27, 2021 but we failed to have enough votes and/or proxies to declare the meeting “official” and therefore had to re-notice the community. We are still short approximately 50 votes/proxies in order to declare the April 21, 2021 meeting official and enable us to tally the votes for the proposed amendments as well as the Board of Directors election.
If you have not voted in March or yet returned your proxy for April, PLEASE do so before April 21, 2021 at 6:00pm.
We have spent over $5,000 in mailing and administrative costs to try to get a quorum for this meeting. This money could have been spent on improved community amenities such as swings for the children’s playground or upgrades to the pool deck area.
Please contact Pat in the Manager’s Office if you have any questions about how to turn in your vote. If you did not receive the voting paperwork or misplaced it, Pat can provide you with the needed documents to make your vote count.
Food Truck Thursday at Covered Bridge Estates is an opportunity for residents to take the night off from cooking and swing by the Clubhouse for some good food provided by local food trucks. The goal is to provide at least one truck each Thursday (holidays may be excluded) from 4-8pm.
The following is our current schedule of food trucks which is subject to change, so please check this post regularly. The Facebook or website link included can help you learn more about each food truck and, in many cases, provide you with their menu.
Covered Bridge Estates Food Truck Schedule
Groovy Grill Bus
Pulled pork, grilled cheese, mac & cheese, soups, comfort food
A few days ago homeowners were sent an email inviting them to opt in for HOAst electronic voting for the upcoming Covered Bridge Estates Members meeting on March 24.
However, if more than one person is listed as owner for your property, you may have received more than one email invitation to opt-in. Only ONE voter per household is allowed to vote electronically so if you have received more than one email invitation, please contact Pat Naldrett-Bilodeau at the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and indicate which legal owner you are designating to be the voter for your property.
When you opt in you will see a test vote that allows you to see how easy HOAst is as a voting system. This is NOT the official Covered Bridge Estates ballot. The official Covered Bridge Estates ballot will be presented within the next 10 days but it is important that you tell us who your official voting representative is for your property.
Please keep in mind that if you use the electronic voting for the upcoming March 24 meeting, you DO NOT need to return any of the paper ballots or proxies.
At the December 16, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved a Resolution to authorize Electronic Voting in accordance with the requirements of the Florida Statutes. We approved electronic voting to make the process of voting easier, enable us to reach a quorum for votes, facilitate delivery of information to homeowners, and save the Association costs for printing and postage. With this system, you can submit your vote from anywhere at any time on any device that can access the internet.
How Does This Work? We need a valid email address for each homeowner that wishes to participate in electronic voting. If we do not have an email address for you, you can use the Covered Bridge Estates web portal and update your personal information to include an email address, or you can contact the office and ask them to add your email address to your property record. Within the next few weeks, if we have a valid email address for you, you will receive an email containing a link to our new electronic voting site along with your temporary username and password. Emails you receive will be identified by our community name: Covered Bridge Estates Welcome to myHOAst
When you receive your emailed invitation, follow the instructions to request a temporary username and password. When you log on with the temporary information you will receive via email, you will be able to change them to a username and password of your choice. After having logged on to the system, you’ll have an opportunity to take a survey that will help the Board and management know which owner you have elected to be your Voting Representative. This opportunity will also let you experience the electronic voting process we will be using in the upcoming election.
When you submit a vote electronically, you’ll get an emailed receipt that confirms your vote was received. This process will also allow you to see that submitting your vote electronically is much easier and faster than sending a vote on paper.
Please participate. Electronic voting allows Covered Bridge Estates the opportunity to establish a quorum at the Annual Meeting, which we have failed to accomplish in the past two years with in-person meetings.
Covered Bridge Estates, CINC and HOAst are committed to protecting your privacy. CINC, Inc., and HOAst, Inc. does not sell, share or rent your personal information to any third party or use your email address for unsolicited mail.
We are quite excited about this new Electronic Voting system and look forward to using it for this coming Annual Meeting in March – thereby eliminating the need for physically meeting but still providing an opportunity for our homeowners to have their votes counted.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pat Naldrett-Bilodeau at 941.479.4903 or email@example.com.
Welcome to the Covered Bridge Estates 2020 Holiday Decorating Contest. The first place winner will receive $100, second place $50 and third place $25, and you, our residents, are the judges!
Entrants: If you would like to enter the contest, please email us at HolidayDecoratingContest@cbecai.com and attach a picture of your decorated home along with your name and address. Give us a few hours to add your home to the gallery below and you will be entered into the contest. (Remember that our HOA documents state that holiday decorative lights may be displayed between Thanksgiving and January 20.)
Resident Judges: Here are the entries we have so far in this year’s contest. Click on the picture to see a larger version of that picture (and use the BACK button to return to the gallery), and vote once for each of your favorite entries with a maximum of three entries. Be careful before you vote because you cannot “un-vote” an entry. Voting begins on December 15 and will remain open through December 31. Winners will be announced in early January.
The residents of Covered Bridge Estates have organized a Golf Cart parade on December 24 starting at 3:30pm! Do you own a golf cart and would like to participate? Would you like to join the parade on your motorcycle or bicycle?
Participants: Decorate your golf cart or your bike with holiday cheer (lights, garland, music, etc.). Holiday attire is also welcome. Individually wrapped candies can be tossed to “parade watchers” but please maintain social distancing guidelines. Participants are asked to meet at the clubhouse bus/overflow parking lot at 3:15 for 3:30pm pull out time. Duration of the parade is estimated to be 45 minutes
Spectators: The parade route will include all streets, beginning at Laurel Creek Trail, moving toward Little Gap Loop, New Paris Way, French Creek Court, and so on toward King Bridge Place, crossing over to Rock Creek Circle before returning to the parking lot.
Be sure to watch for Santa as our special guest riding in one of the golf carts!
Join us Thursday, December 24 starting at 3:30pm.
Disclaimer: Because Florida Statute 316 section 212 does not allow golf carts to be driven on county/public streets, this event is not sponsored by Covered Bridge Estates, CAI, it’s Board or Management.